Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

Pattern: "Monkey" by Cookie A.
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Concord Grape
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) and US size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs

Almost done with the Monkeys and then they will be on the way to a new home. They are for my Monkey Sock Swap III pal. All I am gonna say is that they will be traveling east.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Saturday Sky

Let the rainy season begin...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

Pattern: "Monkey" by Cookie A.
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Concord Grape
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) and US size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Saturday Sky

Canby, Oregon

Tualatin, Oregon

Beaverton, Oregon

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Walking on the Wild Tide

Pattern: "Priscilla's Dream Socks" from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Socks that Rock Silke in "Walking on the Wild Tide"
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) and US size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs

Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Birthday Nathan!!!

My baby is now 5 years old. Where has all the time gone? I think the most eventful birthday was his first. That is when Hurricane Isabel paid a vist to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and he got mad because we wouldn't let him play in the flooded parking lot. Now he loves going to pre-school and plays somewhat nicely with his baby brother.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

Pattern: "Priscilla's Dream Socks" from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Socks that Rock Silke in "Walking on the Wild Tide"
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) and US size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs

Pattern: "Monkey" by Cookie A.
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Concord Grape
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) and US size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday Sky

Hillsboro, Oregon

An early start to the rainy season? It seems like it was only yesterday when summer started. The one thing we did do this past week was place an order for some flower bulbs for the front yard. So I finally will have some Mt. Hood daffodils and the Chief will have some English Bluebells. Plus there will be other daffodils and tulips. Should all be very colorful when they bloom in the spring and in the upcoming years. Now if we can just figure out what to do in the backyard and on the shady side of the house.

Friday, September 14, 2007

HSKS III Quiditch Round I

1. Who is the Hogwarts teacher that Voldermort performed the Avada Kedavra curse on in Deathly Hallows?
a. Mad Eye Moody
b. Charity Burbage
c. Irma Pince
d. Quirenius Quirrell

2. Who replaces the Muggles studies teacher in Deathly Hallows?
a. Charity Burbage
b. Irma Pince
c. Alecto Carrow
d. Dilys Dirwent

3. When Harry meets Mr. Olivander for the first time, which wand law is introduced?
a. Wands cannot be shared.
b. Spells can be worked with any want.
c. The wand chooses the wizard.
d. Only one wand will work properly for a wizard.

4. According to Mr. Ollivander, what is not necessary to take true possession of another wizard's wand?
a. to kill the owner
b. one cannot take possession of another wizard's wand
c. to force the wand away from it's owner
d. to ask the owner politely

5. If you know anything about Harry Potter, you will know that Harry's Patronus is a stag. But what is his best friend Ron Weasley's Patronus?
a. Otter
b. Owl
c. Weasel
d. Jack Russell Terrier

6. Now for the third member of the trio. What form does Hermione Granger's Patronus take?
a. Otter
b. Kneazle
c. Tabby Cat
d. Beaver

7. What did Mrs. Wealey make to eat the first night that Harry arrived at Grimmauld Place?
a. Stew
b. Goulash
c. Roast beef
d. Ham and chicken pie

8. In book 5, at the start of term feast, what is Ron eating when trying to talk to Nearly Headless Nick?
a. Treacle tart
b. Pork chop
c. Roast potato
d. Cottage pie

9. A half-giant called Rubeus Hagrid takes you to Diagon Alley for the first time. To get there, you go into the courtyard of a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. There, Hagrid taps a certain brick on the courtyard wall three times with his pink umbrella, revealing the entrance to Diagon Alley. As he decides which brick to tap, he mutters instructions to himself. What instructions does he mutter?
a. Third brick from the left above the dustbin
b. ‘Three up... two across
c. Three down ... four across
d. Four up ... three across

10. The first place you go in Diagon Alley is Gringotts bank, where you can withdraw money from your vault and Hagrid can withdraw a top-secret package from Vault No. 713 on Dumbledore’s orders. On the second set of doors leading into the bank you notice a poem written. These are the first two lines:Enter, stranger, but take heed Of what awaits the sin of greed,What is the next line?
a. For you’ll pay dearly in your turn
b. So if you seek beneath our floors
c. Thief, you are being warned, beware
d. ‘For those who take, but do not earn

Picture Scavenger Hunt
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Rolanda Hooch


Argus Filch

Moaning Myrtle

Colin Creavey

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

Not much sock knitting went on this past week. But here is the progress made on the second "dream" sock and the beginning of yet another pair of Monkey socks. The Monkey socks are being knit up in Knit Picks Gloss in Concord Grape. They will be for my Monkey Sock Pal.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Saturday Sky

Newburg, Oregon**

** Saturday Sky picture courtesy of The Chief. He has just started working on his MBA and took this picture early this morning.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

"Fall Into Autumn" Dishcloth Exchange

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
Knit and crochet - I've been crocheting since the 80s and have been knitting for only a few years.

2. Have you made dishcloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
Yes, I have. I have used them and given them as gifts.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?
I have used Sugar n' Cream, Peaches & Cream, Cottontots, and Bernat Organic Cotton. I would love to try Knit Picks CotLin.

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
I mostly use straight needles unless I am knitting hats. Then I would use circulars. I mainly use metal but I do have 1 plastic size 7 needles. For dishcloths, I would use straight needles.

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
I don't think I have seen many dishcloth colors that I don't like. But I tend to use the variegated colors more than the solids. I do like all shades of blue, green, purple, red.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?
When I was living up in Maine, there was the changing colors of the leaves. It was a beautiful time of the year. This year I am looking forward to the fiber festivals and other crafty festivals here in Oregon.

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!
Pecan and Pumpkin

8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
I think I was the one who couldn't wait to get started.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the time frame of the swap)
Yes - Halloween is my favorite holiday. I still have my witchy hat from last year. Every year I look forward to the little pumpkin candies that come out for Halloween. And now I have two little boys to take out trick or treating.

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
Strawberries, chocolate, cheesecake

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
No pets - 2 kids, both boys, 1 is 4 years old (will be 5 on Sept. 17th) and the other will be 2 on November 17th - and 1 husband

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?
I think that I would be a superwash wool in a camouflage colorway - something soft but machine washable.

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.
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13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
Halloween - I love everything about it from the decorations, the crisp scent of the air, and the children running around like goblins. I always watch all the Halloween movies. Then there was the one year when I went out around midnight with a friend and we had the bright idea to visit the local cemetary. I drove down from Virginia to Milton, Florida for a visit and we went out to Coon Hill Cemetary. I haven't been to a cemetary since then but I do watch Ghost Hunters.

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?
No allergies. Don't care for cigarette smoke. I love handmade soap and lavender is my favorite scent.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in "Daffodil"
Needles: US size 1 (2.25 mm) DPNs

Pattern: "Priscilla's Dream Socks" from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Socks that Rock Silke in "Walking on the Wild Tide"
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) and US size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Saturday Sky

A very sunny day here in Hillsboro...almost makes me not care that the rainy season will start in about 2 months.